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Hurricane Maria power outage puts old, vulnerable at risk in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria power outage puts old, vulnerable at risk in Puerto RicoFew people in Puerto Rico have suffered more from the devastation of Hurricane Maria than the elderly and the infirm. Isolated from their families due to phone blackouts, short of fuel and water and at the mercy of nationwide power cuts, the old and those in need of care have seen their problems multiply since Maria shattered basic infrastructure across the U.S. island. Hooked up to a ventilator during the day, Adeline Vazquez needs an artificial oxygen supply to cope with severe respiratory problems, but her building in the western city of Mayaguez does not have the fuel to run a generator 24 hours.


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Trump blames Puerto Ricans for slow hurricane response

Trump blames Puerto Ricans for slow hurricane responseBy Gabriel Stargardter and Dave Graham SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday placed blame squarely on Puerto Ricans for the slow recovery from Hurricane Maria after critics complained that his administration's response to the U.S. territory's plight was insufficient. Eleven days after the devastating storm wiped out power, water and communications systems, more than half of the 3.4 million people in on the island do not have access to drinking water, and 95 percent remain without power, according to the U.S. Defense Department. "I'm a ticking time bomb on the verge of exploding," said Adeline Vazquez, 53, who needs a ventilator for respiratory problems and whose building in the western city of Mayaguez does not have enough fuel to run a generator 24 hours a day.


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Donald Trump sparks outrage after lashing out at Puerto Rico mayor over Hurricane Maria relief efforts

Donald Trump sparks outrage after lashing out at Puerto Rico mayor over Hurricane Maria relief effortsFirst came the desperate appeal for more help. Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of Puerto Rico’s main city San Juan, made it clear with a T-shirt slogan that read: "Help Us, We Are Dying."  In interviews she pleaded for more federal aid for an island battered by Hurricane Maria, where she said people had no choice but to drink from creeks. And then she addressed her message directly to the President. “I keep saying it: SOS. If anyone can hear us; if Mr. Trump can hear us, let's just get it over with and get the ball rolling," she told CNN. Hurricane Maria pummels the Caribbean, in pictures Donald Trump heard her but was not impressed. As he has done so many times before he used Twitter to hit back at what he took to be personal criticism, accusing Ms Cruz of poor leadership. San Juan mayor focussed on 'saving lives' not Trump row 01:05 The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 ...Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 ...want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017   The military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an amazing job. Puerto Rico was totally destroyed.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 His remarks sparked outrage on social media. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and original star of “Hamilton”, said the president was "going straight to hell". You're going straight to hell, @realDonaldTrump. No long lines for you. Someone will say, "Right this way, sir." They'll clear a path. https://t.co/xXfJH0KJmw— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 30, 2017 I this it's clear where the 'poor leadership' lies @realDonaldTrump Puerto Rico is part of the United States. This is our responsibility.— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) September 30, 2017 The definition of "poor leadership" is sitting at your golf club while millions of US citizens beg for your help, @realDonaldTrump.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) September 30, 2017 Don’t let anyone make you feel alone. We are with you and Puerto Rico. https://t.co/CxI1eRXJ8L— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 30, 2017  After winning praise for his response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which stormed through Texas and Florida respectively, Mr Trump has been accused of neglecting Puerto Rico, home to 3.4 million Americans.  He spent last weekend addressing supporters in Alabama and igniting a row over American footballers and their attitude to the American flag and anthem, a dispute that appeared to preoccupy the President for days. At least 16 people died on the island when the hurricane barrelled ashore. It took until Thursday, more than a week after Maria struck, for the administration to waive a law that banned foreign ships from delivering goods to Puerto Rico. Almost half the population remains without potable water and no-one knows when the island’s electricity grid will be back online. He later resumed the defence of his handling of the crisis in a series of tweets. To the people of Puerto Rico: Do not believe the #FakeNews!#PRStrong����— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 My Administration, Governor @RicardoRossello, and many others are working together to help the people of Puerto Rico in every way...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 ......#FakeNews critics are working overtime, but we're getting great marks from the people that truly matter! #PRStrong����— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 For her part, Ms Cruz avoided engaging in a tit-for-tat battle, instead calling for a united focus on the people who need help as she posted a collage of images showing her aiding residents. In one photograph she is up to her waste in water. The goal is one: saving lives. This is the time to show our "true colors". We cannot be distracted by anything else. pic.twitter.com/7PAINk19xM— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) September 30, 2017 "I have only one goal, and it is saving lives," Ms Cruz, mayor of Puerto Rico's largest city, said in an interview with Bloomberg. "I will say whatever needs to be said or done to be able to do that. There should be no distractions. There's no time for anything else." In an interview on MSNBC, she said: “I was asking for help. I wasn’t saying anything nasty about the president.” Mr Trump is expected to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday and was scheduled to have a one-hour telephone briefing on Saturday with Brock Long, Federal Emergency Management Agency head,  Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello, and other local officials.


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Donald Trump sparks outrage after lashing out at Puerto Rico mayor over Hurricane Maria relief efforts

Donald Trump sparks outrage after lashing out at Puerto Rico mayor over Hurricane Maria relief effortsFirst came the desperate appeal for more help. Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of Puerto Rico’s main city San Juan, made it clear with a T-shirt slogan that read: "Help Us, We Are Dying."  In interviews she pleaded for more federal aid for an island battered by Hurricane Maria, where she said people had no choice but to drink from creeks. And then she addressed her message directly to the President. “I keep saying it: SOS. If anyone can hear us; if Mr. Trump can hear us, let's just get it over with and get the ball rolling," she told CNN. Hurricane Maria pummels the Caribbean, in pictures Donald Trump heard her but was not impressed. As he has done so many times before he used Twitter to hit back at what he took to be personal criticism, accusing Ms Cruz of poor leadership. San Juan mayor focussed on 'saving lives' not Trump row 01:05 The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 ...Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 ...want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017   The military and first responders, despite no electric, roads, phones etc., have done an amazing job. Puerto Rico was totally destroyed.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 His remarks sparked outrage on social media. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and original star of “Hamilton”, said the president was "going straight to hell". You're going straight to hell, @realDonaldTrump. No long lines for you. Someone will say, "Right this way, sir." They'll clear a path. https://t.co/xXfJH0KJmw— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 30, 2017 I this it's clear where the 'poor leadership' lies @realDonaldTrump Puerto Rico is part of the United States. This is our responsibility.— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) September 30, 2017 The definition of "poor leadership" is sitting at your golf club while millions of US citizens beg for your help, @realDonaldTrump.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) September 30, 2017 Don’t let anyone make you feel alone. We are with you and Puerto Rico. https://t.co/CxI1eRXJ8L— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 30, 2017  After winning praise for his response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which stormed through Texas and Florida respectively, Mr Trump has been accused of neglecting Puerto Rico, home to 3.4 million Americans.  He spent last weekend addressing supporters in Alabama and igniting a row over American footballers and their attitude to the American flag and anthem, a dispute that appeared to preoccupy the President for days. At least 16 people died on the island when the hurricane barrelled ashore. It took until Thursday, more than a week after Maria struck, for the administration to waive a law that banned foreign ships from delivering goods to Puerto Rico. Almost half the population remains without potable water and no-one knows when the island’s electricity grid will be back online. He later resumed the defence of his handling of the crisis in a series of tweets. To the people of Puerto Rico: Do not believe the #FakeNews!#PRStrong����— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 My Administration, Governor @RicardoRossello, and many others are working together to help the people of Puerto Rico in every way...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 ......#FakeNews critics are working overtime, but we're getting great marks from the people that truly matter! #PRStrong����— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017 For her part, Ms Cruz avoided engaging in a tit-for-tat battle, instead calling for a united focus on the people who need help as she posted a collage of images showing her aiding residents. In one photograph she is up to her waste in water. The goal is one: saving lives. This is the time to show our "true colors". We cannot be distracted by anything else. pic.twitter.com/7PAINk19xM— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) September 30, 2017 "I have only one goal, and it is saving lives," Ms Cruz, mayor of Puerto Rico's largest city, said in an interview with Bloomberg. "I will say whatever needs to be said or done to be able to do that. There should be no distractions. There's no time for anything else." In an interview on MSNBC, she said: “I was asking for help. I wasn’t saying anything nasty about the president.” Mr Trump is expected to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday and was scheduled to have a one-hour telephone briefing on Saturday with Brock Long, Federal Emergency Management Agency head,  Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello, and other local officials.


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